Boost It With Ginseng

Ginseng is said to resemble a human body in shape, and it has been used for years in Asia.  Recently, it has become a popular item in Western culture. Many claims about this root have been advertised, such as its reputation for extending longevity and its use for stamina and endurance. Let’s look at the types of ginseng and the differences.

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Dandelion: Detox With This Yellow Charmer

Next time you’re in a wide open field, pasture or meadow dotted with beautiful yellow dandelions, know that these prolific little delights are not only beautiful, but packed with nutrition and offer a host of healthy benefits. Let’s explore this amazing flower. continue reading »

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Five Reasons Acupuncture Helps Digestive Function

Digestion is a complex task performed by the body. It begins in the mouth and finishes when the ingested food leaves the body through the rectum. For all we have learned over the years regarding digestion, there is still so much more we don’t know or are still learning. For example, it wasn’t until recently, the last 10 years or so, that modern medicine confirmed our gastrointestinal tract is our second brain. This discovery is drastically changing the way the body and its many functions are viewed, because everything we put in our mouths can potentially have life-altering effects on the mind, as well as the body.  continue reading »

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Herbal Tonics for Digestion

Digestive disorders can be simple like flatulence or gas, or they can be much more serious, such as Crohn’s disease. But regardless of the severity of the disease, there is no doubt digestive disorders affect far more people than they should, especially in the United States. A recent survey reports nearly 74 percent of all Americans are living with digestive issues. Most people don’t report it to their doctors either, because they assume it is normal to have gas, bloating or abdominal pain. But these symptoms can be indicators of much more serious underlying problems. continue reading »

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Healthy Eating for Winter


Healthy Eating for Winter


Winter, is a time of colder, shorter days that teach us to conserve our energy.  So naturally, when there is less reason to be outdoors, the body tends to want to stay inside where it is warmer.  The body’s metabolic rate will be slower, which means that eating foods full of sugars can become detrimental over time.  When the metabolic rate slows, the body naturally holds on to fat and we gain weight.  Just as most animals hibernate throughout the colder winter months, so too should human beings take the information being given and use it accordingly.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, winter is a time of preservation and building up strength for the spring.  Winter is a time when the kidneys are highly active.  They have functions that help the body preserve energy.  Foods that are loaded with salt can actually burden the kidneys and cause them to work overtime.  This can lead to kidney disease or kidney failure when done for many years.

Tonics are what should be primarily eaten during the winter months according to TCM.  Most tonics include warming herbs, fatty foods and meats.  The human body is designed to absorb these rich foods especially well at this time of year.  By tuning into nature, humans can be guided toward the proper nutrients.  Since fruits are not usually abundant during the winter months, it makes sense that we should not be eating large quantities of them.  Foods such as salads and raw foods can deplete the immune system during the winter months because the gastrointestinal system will have to work overtime to metabolize the cold foods and warm the body.  If a person has a dislike of cold weather, joint aches and pains, sore low back or catches cold frequently, then there is too much of an imbalance and that person may be consuming too many cold foods.  

It is recommended to eat warming foods during the winter months.  Foods that will strengthen the kidneys, blood and energy.  Foods that would be best include root vegetables, dark leafy greens, black beans, oats, quinoa, pumpkin, kidney beans and walnuts.  Fruits, like blueberries and blackberries, can be warmed by adding spices like cinnamon, so that they don’t tax the system too much.  Dark berries are low in sugar and are also tonifying to the kidneys.  Herbs such as ginseng, garlic, onion, ginger, parsley and basil all have warming properties too that can be used when cooking.

Soups and stews are particularly good to eat at this time of year.  Those that utilize bone broth as a base can be very tonifying.  These types of foods help warm the body’s core and keep us fully nourished.  Cooking should be for longer periods over low heat using less water.  This will infuse the food with heat and lasting nourishment.

TCM nutritional therapy is a very important component of the medical system.  The food consumed can have profound effects on the body that affect our health and well-being.  Along with paying close attention to the foods that are abundant during the seasons, it is also recommended that locally grown foods be utilized.  This may help decrease the possibility of allergic reactions. 

To find out more about how Traditional Chinese Medicine can help you, contact me.  I would be honored to help guide you along your wellness journey.

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